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AWP 2011

Gigantic Sequins will be attending AWP 2011! We are late in the game here, and we have our fingers crossed that someone out there may still want to split a table with us. If not, our presence will be noted in various other ways.
We hope to see you there!

Support the Little Guys with the Big Ideas

Gigantic Sequins has always been and will always remain a fan of the literary and artistic underdawg--- big talent, smallish audience. But, hey, as the Superbowl tells us, the underdawg is not to be looked down on or discouraged. They always have a chance. Here is your chance to help out some of the smaller guys.
This winter, give your support to Rose Metal Press, who turns 5 this January. They specialize in hybrid genres from writers all shapes and sizes, and their books are always eloquent and beautiful. They have donation packages for every budget. We ask that you show your support this holiday season to this lovely small press.
Also, one of my favorite bands, a group of guys who had played our fundraiser/release parties at least once or twice, shoney lamar & the equal rights, is finally taking their circus to the road. That's right, shoney and the guys may show up in your town late this winter! They do need your help, also, though in funding their tour. Give a little, get a …

Gigantic Sequins: On Sale!

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At least pick up issue 2.1--- it's eloquent and beautiful, everything you would expect from Gigantic Sequins.

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What I Read While Teaching Grammar (and other things) This Semester

If there is one thing I've learned being a professor at a University, it is to never make promises. Never promise you will have anything graded by a certain date. Never promise that something will or will not be on an exam. Never promise that something will be easier or more difficult than something else. Seeming objectivity becomes soft, marshmallow-like when entering the brains of students.
So when I promised myself that I would read more this semester than last semester, I should have known better.
This is not to say that I didn't enjoy a few fabulous books this semester.

Books Read Fall 2010
Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
I read this on recommendation from a friend of mine from the Philadelphia Folk Festival. It took me a couple of months to get through. Kesey's descriptions of Oregon are often long winded, but clear as blustery winter day. The events of the book don't span a long period of time, and a good reader can trace where they are going from early on in …